War over a baby name.
An expectant mother, who’s been bashed by her husband's family for wanting to name her son according to her family tradition, has revealed the cunning tricks her mother-in-law employed.
The unnamed woman (24) and her husband (23) are expecting their first child in the near future and she’d like to name him Gaylord, in keeping with her family tradition for the first son, the Mirror reports.
She planned to call the newborn Gail for short, and had asked her husband whether he was happy to use the name, which has been in her family since 1800.
At the time he agreed but recently he dropped a bombshell.
He revealed he didn’t like the name and wanted to have daughters only in order to avoid the name.
His distraught wife took to Reddit to reveal all that's happened and the role, she claims, her mother-in-law played in the dispute.
“I never would’ve married him if he'd just told me he couldn't accept my family name,” she wrote.
“I feel like I've been unfairly pushed into a marriage and pregnancy that I never would’ve chosen if he’d been honest with me.
“He's really okay with Gaylord but was being shamed for it by his mother and felt torn between the two of us.”
She explained her mother-in-law’s efforts to ensure she has a daughter to avoid the name Gaylord.
“My mother-in-law was under the ridiculous assumption that because my mother only had female children, I would only be able to have female children, forcing the name to skip another generation.
"She fed him woo-woo nonsense about how to time intercourse, which crystals to put beside my bed, what foods to feed me, and to even keep the house really warm to make it impossible for me to have a boy."
The couple then discussed the matter and came to an agreement.
"I can totally forgive how he felt kind of trapped under his mother's thumb all this time. I've seen how pushy she can be,” the wife said.
“We're cutting her out of our lives and living the way we want.”
Users on Reddit, however, are still not over the name itself.
“If you name your child Gaylord, he will hate you and change it the second he turns 18,” one person wrote.
“When a couple is choosing a baby name, if one member of the couple vetoes a name, that name is no longer an option. This remains the case even when it is grandpa’s name,” another added.
And a teacher jumped into the mix with some wise words of advice.
“If your child’s legal name is Gaylord, everyone at school will know. It doesn’t matter if you choose to call him Gail. Teachers before they know him will have his legal name written on items for class,” the teacher concluded.
Well, with mom-in-law and her scheming out the way, the newborn needs help with that name.